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"It had taken George Tate about five years to build Ashton-Tate to software giant status; it would take Ed Esber only two and a half years to put the company on the road to ruin," concludes Chapman.
PC software companies Autodesk and Ashton-Tate have also been active in Eastern Europe.
When I contacted Ashton-Tate about the lack of sub and superscripts for technical work, they sent a disk with these fonts.
Five were acquired (including Ashton-Tate, once one of the industry's "Big Three"), four reported sales below our cutoff point, six failed to provide current data, and four were disqualified (see the discussion of eligibility requirements under "Notes on Methodology").
dBASE language functions written by Ashton-Tate have been thoroughly tested and perform the task for which they were written.
This year alone, Ashton-Tate and Digital Research lost their independence, Mediagenic plunged into bankruptcy, and Autodesk's founding CEO emerged from semiretirement to warn that the company could be facing its "last days" (Soft*letter, 8/25/91).
Ashton-Tate programmers reduced the program's random access memory (RAM) requirements from 519 kilobytes to a more reasonable 450 kilobytes.
Software Companies Find Market Niches Despite Takeovers Despite acquisition strategies of large software companies like Ashton-Tate and Lotus, small companies are being crowded out of the $7.9 billion microcomputer software market, according to a study by Future Computing, a Dallas-based unit of Datapro Research Corp.
We have no interest in competing with Ashton-Tate and Oracle for core technology." But you will be competing with some pretty entrenched companies that are working on Windows databases.
As a general rule, if your data are well classified and consist of well-defined categories and numbers, you will obtain excellent results from a traditional database such as dBase IV (Ashton-Tate Corp., Torrance, Calif.), R-Base for DOS (Microrim Inc., Redmond, Wash.), Paradox (Borland International), DataEase (DataEase International, Trumbull, Conn.), or Q&A (Symantec, Cupertino, Calif.).
Discussing word processing software, he describes a program little known in the United States, MacAuthor, and also treats Ashton-Tate's FullWrite Professional.
The silence is easy to understand: Novell first has to finalize its purchase of Digital Research, and Borland needs to assimilate Ashton-Tate (a deal that could fall apart at the eleventh hour, as last year's Lotus-Novell merger did).